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Marcel, "Believin'"

April 6, 2009 Leeann Ward 8

It is no secret that I have an unexplainable soft spot for Marcel. His songs are often silly and his voice is unpolished, though irresistibly charming, but he is also capable of turning a phrase.

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Jo Dee Messina, “Shine”

March 22, 2009 Kevin John Coyne 3

Jo Dee Messina’s singles generally into two categories: empowering anthems and sardonic kiss-off numbers. Her best singles, like “Bye Bye” and “Downtime”, are a little bit of both.

Given the title, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out which type of song “Shine” is. She’s had enough of looking at the glass half empty and is now determined to live her life to the fullest, taking every moment that she can to shine.

It’s decent enough, but the problem with releasing so many songs in the same vein is that the new releases are invariably stacked up against the old ones. In this case, the comparison does “Shine” few favors.

It doesn’t feature the energetic spark normally associated with Messina’s spurts of positivity, and she sounds more resigned to her life rather than reinvigorated by it. It doesn’t help that the production has such little luster, a strange choice to make for a song that is trumpeting the sunny side of life.

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Discussion: iPod Check

December 9, 2008 Kevin John Coyne 41

This afternoon, it took me seventy minutes to get to my final and fifteen minutes to actually take it.   It was the traffic jam to end all traffic jams, requiring navigations of Brooklyn and Queens

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Jo Dee Messina, “I’m Done”

February 18, 2008 Kevin John Coyne 13

Dripping with bitterness and resignation, Jo Dee Messina’s new single “I’m Done” captures the anger and frustration that comes with being the back-up girl. Messina is the modern queen of the kiss-off song, and she’s

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Jo Dee Messina, “Biker Chick”

July 10, 2007 Kevin John Coyne 5

Jo Dee Messina, “Biker Chick” I couldn’t shake the feeling that I’d heard all of this before. Then suddenly, it came back to me. “Cool Rider.” Grade: C Listen: Biker Chick Buy: Biker Chick Podcast:

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